3 WAYS TO SOOTHE YOUR SPOUSE’S ANXIETY...AND MUCH MORE!!!

With the Married Life Newsletter, each month you receive ideas and insights with go-and-do's you can actually go and do. So pick one, two, three of the things below and see how little things can turn into something big! You got this...because you are better at marriage than you think!

3 WAYS TO SOOTHE YOUR SPOUSE’S ANXIETY

by Les and Leslie Parrott

Anxiety. Most of us have been there: an issue that–to the outside world–seems arguably small balloons into a crushing, suffocating weight. Our hearts race. Our palms sweat. We descend into a spiraling panic, and find that it’s difficult (and even hopeless) to stop the feeling of dread building inside our chests.

Most of us know what anxiety feels like when it’s happening to us, but it can be difficult to know how to help someone we love when they are being riddled with it. It’s easy to feel at a loss, not knowing what to do or say. Can’t they just get over it, already?

Unfortunately, it’s easiest to write off a spouse’s anxiety and come up short when it comes to offering comfort and help. So today, we’re sharing tips for helping your husband or wife overcome the panic monster when it attacks. (Read More)

MARRIAGE MENTORING

Marriage mentors help couples learn how to navigate the journey of love for a lifetime. A mentor is not a couple with a perfect marriage, but a couple who is further down the road, relatively happy in marriage, and trained to invest in another couple’s marriage. Mentoring supports couples by:

  • Preparing - Helping premarital couples get a healthy start.
  • Maximizing - Helping good marriages become better!
  • Repairing - Helping struggling marriages find healing and hope.

Couples meet together for six to ten sessions based on a schedule that works for everyone involved. Mentoring is a great resource and very affordable. 

For questions, contact Mark and Laura Wildey. Both individuals must be willing to engage in the mentoring process.

Sign Up for Mentoring

HE SAID/SHE SAID

Each month, we highlight a couple we think has something great to say. We give them one question to ask each other.

This month’s couple is Dan and Misti Mancini. Dan and Misti have been married 22 years, and have two children, ages 11 and 8. We asked Dan and Misti, WHAT’S THE FUNNIEST THING THAT HAS HAPPENED TO THE TWO OF YOU DURING THE HOLIDAYS? 

DAN: If you want to include the family dog in Christmas celebrations, be warned—gift wrapping Milk Bone dog biscuits and rawhide chews won’t fool him. He’ll know what’s in the packages and, left unattended, he will open them before Christmas morning. Also, once he starts unwrapping gifts, he probably won’t stop with his own. 

MISTI: Our kids think the absolutely best part of our annual Thanksgiving trip to Chicago is that the hotel has an indoor swimming pool and hot tub (which they refer to as the “hot pool”). They lounge around in the “hot pool” and strike up conversations with other hotel guests like they’re adults. 

Talk About It -  WHAT’S THE FUNNIEST THING THAT HAS HAPPENED TO THE TWO OF YOU DURING THE HOLIDAYS? 

POST IT

Grab a sticky note, fill in the blank below, and put it in a place your spouse will find it (e.g., washing machine, steering wheel, bathroom mirror, etc.). Take a picture of the note and upload it to the social media outlet of your choice, and include #MarriedLifeSoutheast.

I love remembering the time when we __________________!

TOP THOUGHTS

Each month we want to share a good post with simple things that can dramatically impact marriages. Check out this post...

One Sure Fire Way to Your Spouse’s Heart by Ted Lowe

THE SPICE

Each month, we will bring you one tip that will hopefully bring you closer in the bedroom...or keep you from drifting a part. Check out this post...

Casual Marriage by Andy Savage at Highpoint Church

2-MINUTE VACATION

During one meal this week, ask each other this question:

What are your top 3 favorite movies?

CHECK IT OUT

The best gift you can give your spouse is a healthy you—healthy spiritually, physically, mentally and emotionally. Consider exploring a new resource to invest in a better you.

Great Books... 

  • For Women Only: What You Need to Know About the Inner Lives of Men by Shaunti Feldhahn
  • For Men Only: A Straightforward Guide to the Inner Lives of Women by Shaunti Feldhahn

HELP OTHERS

Every marriage can use great resources - Be sure to forward this to another couple!!! And be sure to tell others about Married Life.

Married Life: When Routine Trumps Romance

With the Married Life Newsletter, each month you receive ideas and insights with go-and-do's you can actually go and do. So pick one, two, three of the things below and see how little things can turn into something big! You got this...because you are better at marriage than you think!

When Routine Trumps Romance

by Les and Leslie Parrott

We all long for a lifetime of honeymoons–starry-eyed romance, long days on the beach, sleeping in, pampering, relaxation. The reality is, once newlyweds return from their romance-filled paradise, they step back into their daily routines, this time as a husband and wife.

The first year of marriage is an adventure, regardless of what each person’s daily schedule looks like. Maybe both spouses are getting up and going to an office everyday, or maybe one is working from home and the other traveling for a living. Combining the busy schedules of two different people equals a situation that requires intentional care.

Eventually, routine tends to get in the way of the honeymoon period, and some of the romance (and sometimes, a large part of it) that seemed effortless before becomes almost nonexistent. So what can you do when that happens? (Read More)

MARRIAGE Mentoring

Marriage mentors help couples learn how to navigate the journey of love for a lifetime. A mentor is not a couple with a perfect marriage, but a couple who is further down the road, relatively happy in marriage, and trained to invest in another couple’s marriage. Mentoring supports couples by:

  • Preparing - Helping premarital couples get a healthy start.
  • Maximizing - Helping good marriages become better!
  • Repairing - Helping struggling marriages find healing and hope.

Couples meet together for six to ten sessions based on a schedule that works for everyone involved. Mentoring is a great resource and very affordable. 

For questions, contact Mark and Laura Wildey. Both individuals must be willing to engage in the mentoring process.

Sign Up for Mentoring

HE SAID/SHE SAID

Each month, we highlight a couple we think has something great to say. We give them one question to ask each other. 

This month’s couple is Brittany and Jimmy Robertson. These newlyweds were married this past spring. We Asked Brittany And Jimmy, What’s Something Great You’ve Learned About Your Spouse After You Got Married?  

Brittany: He sings in the bathroom. He makes the bed every day. He has a lot more patience than I ever gave him credit for!

Jimmy: She doesn’t like yard work, but cleans inside the house all the time. Everything really does have a place. She plans every last detail and notices every detail (especially about my outfits/appearance). She dresses up for any occasion! 

Talk About It -  What’s Something Great You’ve Learned About Your Spouse After You Got Married?

POST IT

Grab a sticky note, fill in the blank below, and put it in a place your spouse will find it (e.g., washing machine, steering wheel, bathroom mirror, etc.). Take a picture of the note and upload it to the social media outlet of your choice, and include #MarriedLifeSoutheast.

You deserve the ______________________ award!

TOP THOUGHTS

Each month we want to share a good post with simple things that can dramatically impact marriages. Check out this post on when things are hard financially...

Practice Your Promise: For Richer, For Poorer - by Tim Walker

THE SPICE

Each month, we will bring you one tip that will hopefully bring you closer in the bedroom...or keep you from drifting a part. Check out this post...

Making Time for Your US

2-MINUTE VACATION

During one meal this week, ask each other this question:

What’s the best trick anyone has ever played on you . . . or you played on someone else?

CHECK IT OUT

The best gift you can give your spouse is a healthy you—healthy spiritually, physically, mentally and emotionally. Consider exploring a new resource to invest in a better you.

Great Book - Extraordinary Relationships: A New Way of Thinking About Human Interactions by Roberta M. Gilbert

HELP OTHERS

Every marriage can use great resources - Be sure to forward this to another couple!!! And be sure to tell others about Married Life.

Building An Intimate Marriage...And Much More!!!

With the Married Life Newsletter, each month you receive ideas and insights with go-and-do's you can actually go and do. So pick one, two, three of the things below and see how little things can turn into something big! You got this...because you are better at marriage than you think!

Building An Intimate Marriage

by Les and Leslie Parrott

The reality that we’re broken people becomes very apparent when we share our lives with someone else. We bring our unique personalities into the marriage, but we also bring our selfish nature.

Frustration, friction, disagreements–they are all certain to show up, but the way we react to these issues and obstacles shapes not only our character, but the strength and the intimacy of our marriage.

As much as we lead with love toward our spouse, we must also lead with... (Read More)

UPCOMING MARRIAGE WORKSHOP AT SOUTHEAST!!!

This workshop equips you with tools to prepare for, improve, or repair your marriage by creating a relationship that is dynamic and satisfying! This format is designed for couples that are dating, engaged, or married. You will learn essentials for creating a thriving, healthy marriage. Some of the topics covered include:

  • Effective communication techniques
  • Conflict resolution strategies
  • Creative and engaging date night suggestions
  • The personality profile of you and your partner

Friday, Sept 16 from 6:30-9:00pm and Saturday, Sept 17 from 9:00am-2:30pm

Cost is $75, but first 50 couple can register for $50. (Code: SCC25) Register at https://www.myrelationshipcenter.org/marriage-project/couples/

HE SAID/SHE SAID

Each month, we highlight a couple we think has something great to say. We give them one question to ask each other. 

This month’s couple is Jessica and Matt McKee. Matt has launched 8 companies, and is currently part of 2 startups. Matt and Jessica have been married since 1999. Together, they're raising two rowdy boys and live outside Atlanta, GA. 

WE ASKED JESSICA AND MATT, “HOW DO YOU SUPPORT EACH OTHER WHEN STARTING A NEW BUSINESS?”  

Jessica: Trust is so important. I give Matt space to make decisions that will allow his business to grow and trust that the decisions he makes will also support our family. Perspective has taught us that life as an entrepreneur offers times of feast and times of famine. During the times of feast, we work together to prepare our household for the times of famine that are inevitably coming. 

Matt: Communication and grace are the key ingredients. For example, one year I spoke at 52 different events all over the nation. I felt it necessary to grow the business I had started. At the end of that year we sat down and Jessica asked if I could make it 26 events the next year. She gave me the grace to do 52 and communicated that 52 was way too much for that season. The next year I did 24 and took the family with me as much as possible. I also unloaded the dishwasher more that year. I will let you decide which was better.

Talk About It -  HOW DO YOU SUPPORT EACH OTHER WHEN STARTING A NEW VENTURE?

POST IT

Grab a sticky note, fill in the blank below, and put it in a place your spouse will find it (e.g., washing machine, steering wheel, bathroom mirror, etc.). Take a picture of the note and upload it to the social media outlet of your choice, and include #MarriedLifeSoutheast.

When we are apart, it makes me happy to think about ______________________.

TOP THOUGHTS

Each month we want to share a good post with simple things that can dramatically impact marriages. Check out this post...

4 Ways to Survive a Politically-Divided Marriage - by Dave Willis

THE SPICE

Each month, we will bring you one tip that will hopefully bring you closer in the bedroom...or keep you from drifting a part. This month, we want you to hear from Casey and Meygan Caston from Marriage 365. 

Learning How to Have Fun Again

2-MINUTE VACATION

During one meal this week, ask each other this question:

What are three things on your bucket list?

CHECK IT OUT

The best gift you can give your spouse is a healthy you—healthy spiritually, physically, mentally and emotionally. Consider exploring a new resource to invest in a better you.

Great Book - Love Talk: Speak Each Other's Language Like You Never Have Before by Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott

HELP OTHERS

Every marriage can use great resources - Be sure to forward this to another couple!!! And be sure to tell others about Married Life.

Great Date Guide #3 - Appreciation!

Married Life provides Great Date Guides to give couples step-by-step instructions designed to get them talking, laughing, connecting, and out the door! So put a date on the calendar and use this guide for helpful ideas. For more marriage resources - visit Married Life!


Appreciation

You did it! You made the time to go out on a date. You could be spending time with people from work, with your kids, with (fill-in-the-blank). But you got crazy, you made time to be with each other, only with each other. You made time to have FUN with your spouse. Well done!  

Here are a few suggested ground rules to make the most of your time:

  1. Do not talk about money, kids (if you have them), in-laws or any other potentially relationally deadly topics. If this feels awkward, you are not alone. That is why you are doing this. 
  2. Reconnect 
  3. Recharge 
  4. Relax 

Get Ready

Ladies: Over the course of your date, you have to say “atta boy” three times.
 
Men: Over the course of your date, you have to say “atta girl” three times.

On the way to dinner, answer the following question: If you could switch with one famous person for a day who would it be and why? 

If you are using an electronic version of this date, you will need to print two copies of the final page. 

Go Out

Over dinner, each of you need to take turns filling in the following blanks by completing these statements. RULE: While you spouse fills in these blanks, just listen and learn only, no comments. 

Fill in the following blanks about your weekday:

  1. The toughest part of my morning is______________________.
  2. The best part my morning is______________________.
  3. The toughest part of my day (whether at home or at work) is______________________.
  4. The best part of my day (whether at home or at work) is______________________.
  5. The toughest part of my night is______________________.
  6. The best part of my night is______________________.

Tips on Tipping:

  • If you are in a tipping situation, make Jesus look good and tip well. 
  • If a comment card is available, leave positive feedback about your server. (If you pick up food at the grocery store, leave a positive comment at customer service.) 

Dare Me

RIGHT NOW, tell a total stranger, a friend, a family member, anyone, one reason why you think your spouse is so great. (For all you introverts, just post it on social media.)

Keep It Going

  • Date it forward by determining a couple you think would really enjoy this date and sending it to them. 
  • Each of you, on your own, should fill in the blanks in the letter shown on the next page and give it to your spouse at some point this week.
  • Share a fun dating couplie (selfie with two people) on social media by using #MarriedLifeSoutheast.

Letter

Dear _____________________, 

I get so caught up with all the things I have to do and be, I forget how much you have to do and be. Thank you for always: 

Doing:

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Being:

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Love and __________________, 

ABOUT MARRIED LIFE

Married Life is a program designed and committed to helping marriages THRIVE!!! Married Life provides: 

Be sure to sign up for Married Life to stay informed and receive the Married Life Newsletter and Great Date Guides. Visit the Married Life website

Why You Should Unplug And Go On An Adventure Together...And Much More!!!

With the Married Life Newsletter, each month you receive ideas and insights with go-and-do's you can actually go and do. So pick one, two, three of the things below and see how little things can turn into something big! You got this...because you are better at marriage than you think!

Why You Should Unplug And Go On An Adventure Together

by Les and Leslie Parrott

Summertime and adventure go hand in hand. Oftentimes, family vacations ramp up this time of year--and what cherished times those can be. Today, though, we are talking about the importance of taking some time away with your spouse to unplug and go on your own summer adventure together.

When was the last time you fully unplugged and took time to adventure with your spouse? If you can’t think of when that was, you are desperately overdue. It is critical for us to emphasize how important this time is for your marriage, kids or no kids.

In today’s post, we’re sharing some reasons why you should unplug for a summer adventure with your spouse. Read More

UPCOMING DATE NIGHT!!!

Southeast Date Nights! We gather several times throughout the year for an evening of games, good conversation, thought-provoking questions and practical teaching that's relevant to marriage. Come and enjoy a date night of fun and fellowship with other couples from Southeast!

Come join us for our next Date Night, Friday, August 19 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM!

For More Information

UPCOMING MARRIAGE WORKSHOP AT SOUTHEAST!!!

This workshop equips you with tools to prepare for, improve, or repair your marriage by creating a relationship that is dynamic and satisfying! This format is designed for couples that are dating, engaged, or married. You will learn essentials for creating a thriving, healthy marriage. Some of the topics covered include:

  • Effective communication techniques
  • Conflict resolution strategies
  • Creative and engaging date night suggestions
  • The personality profile of you and your partner

Friday, Sept 16 from 6:30-9:00pm and Saturday, Sept 17 from 9:00am-2:30pm

Cost is $75, but first 50 couple can register for $50. Register at https://www.myrelationshipcenter.org/marriage-project/couples/

HE SAID/SHE SAID

Each month, we highlight a couple we think has something great to say. We give them one question to ask each other. This month’s couple is Misty and Tim Phillips. Misty and Tim have been married for 37 years. They have four children, and six grandchildren.

We asked, “As empty nesters, what has more time together taught you?

Misty: Marriage is always a work in progress—with or without kids. We realize what attracted us together in the first place, way back in the “disco age,” is still there. It’s an opportunity to be both an individual and a “US” with the gifts and talents God has blessed us with. 

Tim: While some people think empty nesters are near dead, we are active and interested in having fun, exploring the world, volunteering and utilizing our experiences. Having more time together also has pointed to the importance of developing joint interests; to keep each other engaged in life. Whether hobbies, work, house, church, family or other interests, you need a commonality and a place where you both feel comfortable and challenged.

Talk About It -  Even if you are not empty nesters, what has more time together taught you?

POST IT

Grab a sticky note, fill in the blank below, and put it in a place your spouse will find it (e.g., washing machine, steering wheel, bathroom mirror, etc.). Take a picture of the note and upload it to the social media outlet of your choice, and include #MarriedLifeSoutheast.

I'd love how talented you are at ______________________.

TOP THOUGHTS

Each month we want to share a good post with simple things that can dramatically impact marriages. Check out this post...

Listening Ears - by Amanda Maguire

THE SPICE

Each month, we will bring you one tip that will hopefully bring you closer in the bedroom...or keep you from drifting a part. This month, we want you to hear from Casey and Meygan Caston from Marriage 365. 

How to Keep Boundaries with the Opposite Sex

2-MINUTE VACATION

During one meal this week, ask each other this question:

If you could learn how to do one new thing, what would it be?

CHECK IT OUT

The best gift you can give your spouse is a healthy you—healthy spiritually, physically, mentally and emotionally. Consider exploring a new resource to invest in a better you.

Great Book - The Good Fight by Drs. Les & Leslie Parrott

HELP OTHERS

Every marriage can use great resources - Be sure to forward this to another couple!!! And be sure to tell others about Married Life.

A Surprising Predictor of Marriage Success...And Much More!!!

With the Married Life Newsletter, each month you receive ideas and insights with go-and-do's you can actually go and do. So pick one, two, three of the things below and see how little things can turn into something big! You got this...because you are better at marriage than you think!

A Surprising Predictor of Marriage Success

by Les and Leslie Parrott

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. Ephesians 2:29

Did you know that how you talk about each other to your friends and family and even strangers can predict your success as a couple?

That’s what researchers at the University of Washington in Seattle report. A ten-year study followed 95 couples beginning six months into their marriages. The initial hour-long interview together probed their relationship, their parents' union and their philosophy of marriage.

More than what was actually said, researchers noted whether they expressed fondness and admiration for their partner, if they talked about themselves as a unit, if they finished each other's sentences, referenced each other when they told a story, and whether what came to mind was pleasant.

Turns out that couples characterized by these ways of talking about one another and their relationship are far more likely to enjoy life-long love.

In fact, with this information alone, researchers can predict with 87% accuracy whether a couple will end up divorcing.Think about that.

How you talk to others about your spouse and your relationship is a huge indicator of the state of your union. Even within just the first six months of marriage, the signs become pretty clear.

The authors of the study found that couples who endure talk to others about their spouse as if they are wearing “rose-colored glasses." Those who will divorce talk to others about their spouse with cynicism. How can this be?

It comes down to how our attitudes shape the way we view your spouse. If you give public praise to others about your spouse, you will inevitably look more favorably upon him or her yourself. You will discover a deeper appreciation for your partner than you had before. In fact, the more opportunities you find to talk positively about your partner when he or she isn’t present, the more likely you are to increase your loving attitudes and behaviors toward him or her.

In other words, what you say about your spouse, for good or ill, shapes the way you think, feel, and act in your marriage.

As you review the past 48 hours, how would you characterize the way you talk to others about your spouse or your marriage?

UPCOMING MARRIAGE WORKSHOP AT SOUTHEAST!!!

This workshop equips you with tools to prepare for, improve, or repair your marriage by creating a relationship that is dynamic and satisfying! This format is designed for couples that are dating, engaged, or married. You will learn essentials for creating a thriving, healthy marriage. Some of the topics covered include:

  • Effective communication techniques
  • Conflict resolution strategies
  • Creative and engaging date night suggestions
  • The personality profile of you and your partner

Friday, Sept 16 from 6:30-9:00pm and Saturday, Sept 17 from 9:00am-2:30pm

Cost is $75, but first 50 couple can register for $49. Register at https://www.myrelationshipcenter.org/marriage-project/couples/

HE SAID/SHE SAID

Each month, we highlight a couple we think has something great to say. We give them one question to ask each other. This month’s couple is Jamie and Adriana Howard. Jamie is web developer and Adriana teaches drama and creative writing. The two have co-created a blog as well. The couple recently bought their first home.

WE ASKED JAMIE AND ADRIANA, WHAT DID YOU LEARN ABOUT EACH OTHER IN THE PROCESS OF BUYING YOUR FIRST HOME OR RENTING YOUR FIRST PLACE?  

Jamie: During the process, Adriana displayed her proactive side in a way that I hadn't seen before. When I was burnt out with the entire process, she pushed us both to continue to ask questions and dialogue.

Adriana: I was incredibly grateful for Jamie’s ability to quell my anxieties about the whole thing, even if it required him to push past his own insecurities and “act” more calm and convinced than he was feeling. And with Jamie constantly pointing us back towards Jesus and reminding me that God had us—even when Jamie might have been in need of that assurance himself—it was easy for me to trust the situation.

Talk About It -  WHAT DID YOU LEARN ABOUT EACH OTHER IN THE PROCESS OF BUYING YOUR FIRST HOME OR RENTING YOUR FIRST PLACE?

POST IT

Grab a sticky note, fill in the blank below, and put it in a place your spouse will find it (e.g., washing machine, steering wheel, bathroom mirror, etc.). Take a picture of the note and upload it to the social media outlet of your choice, and include #MarriedLifeSoutheast.

I'd like to take you to ______________________.

TOP THOUGHTS

Each month we want to share a good post with simple things that can dramatically impact marriages. Check out this post...

Dynamic Duo - by Tim Walker

THE SPICE

Each month, we will bring you one tip that will hopefully bring you closer in the bedroom...or keep you from drifting a part. This month, we want you to hear from Scott Kedersha. Scott is the Marriage Ministry Directer at Watermark Community Church in Dallas, TX.

One Of The Best Decisions We Made In Our Bedroom

As a single guy and for the first 11 years of our marriage, I had a television in my bedroom. I rationalized this decision under the excuse that I/we don’t watch a lot of television. But then a few friends lovingly challenged Kristen and me to get rid of the TV in the bedroom. I argued, made excuses and rationalized, but finally decided to get rid of it. 

Do we regret it? Not at all. Here are 9 reasons why we are glad we got rid of it. 

Read More

2-MINUTE VACATION

During one meal this week, ask each other this question:

Which would you like most: a summerhouse, a year-long vacation or a boat? 

CHECK IT OUT

The best gift you can give your spouse is a healthy you—healthy spiritually, physically, mentally and emotionally. Consider exploring a new resource to invest in a better you.

Great Book - The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work by John Gottman

HELP OTHERS

Every marriage can use great resources - Be sure to forward this to another couple!!! And be sure to tell others about Married Life.

DATING YOUR SPOUSE DOESN’T HAVE TO BE HARD...AND MUCH MORE!!!

With the Married Life Newsletter, each month you receive ideas and insights with go-and-do's you can actually go and do. So pick one, two, three of the things below and see how little things can turn into something big! You got this...because you are better at marriage than you think!

DATING YOUR SPOUSE DOESN'T HAVE TO BE HARD

by Les and Leslie Parrott

Many married couples–ourselves included–recommend regular date nights as a way to keep your marriage healthy and strong. Taking intentional time to connect with one another away from kids and other distractions is essential, but we often over-complicate it. Time is often the commodity that we have the most difficulty finding. Once that time is set aside, it’s important to plan how you will spend it.

If you already sense yourself buckling under the pressure of creating the perfect date, remember this: dating your spouse doesn’t have to be hard! Here are 7 tips to take the pressure off of your date nights and give you the freedom to just enjoy one another.

Read More

HE SAID/SHE SAID

Each month, we highlight a couple we think has something great to say. We give them one question to ask each other. This month’s couple is Kara and Ben Swilley. The Swilleys have been married for four years and currently have no human children, but they spoil their dog, Balou. We asked Kara and Ben, "WHAT IS YOUR UNIQUE WAY OF HAVING FUN AS A COUPLE?"

Kara: We have done a plethora of things over the years that have brought us great fun. When we first started dating it was video games. We then attempted to learn Mandarin Chinese. Now it's woodworking, projects around the house or something as simple as picking weeds. We have the most fun together as we grow, learn and work together as a team.

Ben: Our most fun times seem to often happen in the unplanned moments; even if the unplanned moment is within or at a planned event. I personally have the most fun every time we conquer something as a team. Sometimes that's in the most mundane things like working in the yard, playing a video game or hosting a party. 

Talk About It -  WHAT IS YOUR UNIQUE WAY OF HAVING FUN AS A COUPLE?

POST IT

Grab a sticky note, fill in the blank below, and put it in a place your spouse will find it (e.g., washing machine, steering wheel, bathroom mirror, etc.). Take a picture of the note and upload it to the social media outlet of your choice, and include #MarriedLifeSoutheast.

You're my favorite __________ in the world.

TOP THOUGHTS

Each month we want to share a good post with simple things that can dramatically impact marriages. Check out this post...

5 Ways to Better Enjoy a Vacation by Carey Nieuwhof

THE SPICE

Each month, we will bring you one tip that will hopefully bring you closer in the bedroom...or keep you from drifting a part. This month, we want you to hear from Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott.

There’s more to sex than mere skin on skin. Sex is as much spiritual mystery as physical fact. The loss of passionate romance is a common complaint in marriage. It seems that once the confetti and rice are swept away and the last of the wedding cake is put in the freezer, so is the couple’s passion.

But marriage in no way requires passion to be put on ice. Love grows less exciting with time for the same reasons that the second run on a fast toboggan slide is less exciting than the first. But as any long-term, happily married couple can tell you, the excitement may decrease, but the real pleasure can still increase. 

So what do couples who enjoy passion do that’s different than others? How do they rekindle the flickering flame of passion? Here are two proven practices.

Read More

2-MINUTE VACATION

During one meal this week, ask each other this question:

You have 24 hours to spend $100,000, and it can only be on something fun. What would you spend it on? 

CHECK IT OUT

The best gift you can give your spouse is a healthy you—healthy spiritually, physically, mentally and emotionally. Consider exploring a new resource to invest in a better you.

Good Website - Focus on the Family on Marriage provides great articles to enrich and challenge your marriage.

HELP OTHERS

Every marriage can use great resources - Be sure to forward this to another couple!!! And be sure to tell others about Married Life.

The Next Married Life Date Night Is Friday, June 10th!!!

Southeast Date Nights! We gather several times throughout the year for an evening of games, good conversation, thought-provoking questions and practical teaching that's relevant to our stage of life. Come and enjoy a date night of fun and fellowship with other couples from Southeast! We’ve even taken the hassle out of finding a babysitter!

There's no cost for this event (unless you need childcare), but just like at your grandparent's church, we're asking everyone with a last name beginning with A - M to bring a dessert (enough for about 6 - 8 people), and everyone with a last name N - Z to bring an appetizer (also enough for about 6 - 8 people). And let's be creative! We don't need 45 veggie trays.

If you would like to utilize our childcare—cost is $5 per child for 2 hours. To register and pay for childcare, you can utilize the same sign-up form.

Come join us for our next Date Night, Fri, June 10 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM!

DON'T FORGET THE GREAT DATE CHALLENGE - IT IS NOT TOO LATE!!! Great Date Challenge